MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES

MALARIA CONTROL

The National Malaria Control scheme is in operation in Amravati district also. The success of the operation could be seen in the fall in the percentage of malaria cases -to all fevers from 12.9% in 1953-54 to 2.8% in 1960-61. Under the anti-malaria campaign palludrin, quinine, etc., which are regarded as effective against malaria are distributed free in the rural areas of the district. D.D.T. spraying is also resorted to combat the disease. In Amravati, Akola and Buldhana districts, D.D.T. has been sprayed in 2,33,006 houses. In Amravati district, the number of people covered under National Malaria Control Programme was 8,25,950. On examination of 10,423 children in the district, 1,360 were found with enlarged spleen giving 13.5 as the spleen rate for the whole district.

The following table gives the number of malaria cases treated in the rural dispensaries in Amravati district from 1953-54 to 1960-61: -

Number of Malaria cases treated in the rural[Reproduced from the Socio-Economic Review, Amravati district, 1960-61.] dispensaries in Amravati District.

Year

All Cases

Malaria Cases

Percentage

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

1953-54

1,92,080

28,177

16.9

1954-55

1,88,433

21,357

11.33

1955-56

2,19,630

23,051

10.9

1956-57

2,90,336

24,052

8.2

1957-58

2,50,3%

18,941

7.3

1958-59

2,82,033

13,655

5.9

1959-60

3,08,700

11,367

3.6

1960-61

4,42,228

12,560

2.8

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